November 2007

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Christian Sylt and Caroline Reid  Finance journalists and analysts of the business side of F1, Sylt and Reid explore the funding behind grand prix teams. Christian has written on F1 for The...
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Amid the squawked protestations of innocence from McLaren, the anguished screams of a pride-pricked if not actually very wounded Ferrari and the roaring outrage of the F1 press, some of the quiet...
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Britain’s first World Rally Champion, Colin McRae, was killed in a helicopter crash in September. The machine came down near his home in Lanarkshire, where he had a helipad, and burst into flames....
Mosley signs report detailing extent of infiltration into Ferrari’s secrets The FIA has published a 14-page document detailing the findings of the World Motor Sport Council (WMSC) in respect of...
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The Japanese GP will return to Suzuka in 2009, after Bernie Ecclestone gave the Honda-owned track a surprise reprieve. The Japanese race has moved to Fuji Speedway this year, and Suzuka’s only hope...
Indian entrepreneur Vijay Mallya has acquired a 50 per cent stake in the Spyker F1 team, and he intends to give the outfit a patriotically Indian flavour in future. The erstwhile Jordan team was...
Several F1 teams have expressed their annoyance with the FIA’s move to a common ECU in 2008. The deal was put out to tender and won by McLaren Electronic Systems, in a joint venture with Microsoft....
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A DVD featuring previously unseeen footage of racing at Goodwood between 1948 and 1966 – Goodwood, the Motor Racing Story has been launched. Available from www.goodwood.co.uk/retail    The history of...
Keith Norman won the Peter Hanson Trophy for 1-litre F3 cars at the Oulton Park Gold Cup, having rebuilt the only Chevron B15C ever produced. Norman competed in F3 in 1969 and is now racing the...
At least three cars will not be asked back to the Goodwood Revival in 2008 because they were run, or were believed to have been run, this year in technical specifications not in keeping with the...
Historic racer Martin Stretton had a fortunate escape from a major accident during the RAC TT Celebration race at Goodwood. Despite a high-speed impact with the tyre wall for the Iso Bizzarini,...
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John Grant and Charles Elwell emerged from a hotly contested three days to win the third Tour Britannia in Grant’s Chevron B16. A fierce challenge from the Porsche 911s of Nick Whale/Sally Wood and...
The 2008 MSA British Historic Rally Championship will retain the same eight events as run in 2007, starting with the Robin Hood Stages in March and taking in trips to the Isle of Man and Belgium....
The Reims circuit’s grandstands and control tower have finally been restored after nearly 40 years of abandonment. Between its opening in 1926 and its closure in 1970 the famous circuit hosted, among...
The famous Kyalami 9-Hour race in South Africa will be the headline attraction in an all-new revival meeting on Saturday, November 17. The event will serve as a lead-in to the 50th anniversary 9-Hour...
The seventh Rally of the Tests, which starts in Scarborough on November 1, will be a round of the FIA Historic Regularity Rally Championship for the first time. Demand for entries in the recreation...
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•    Oct 6 Yorkshire     MSA British Historic Rally Championship     www.rallyyorkshire.co.uk •    Oct 5-7 Spa (B)     Classic Six Hours         www.motorclassic.com     •    Oct 12-14 Magione (I...
Hans Ruesch, the last remaining pre-war grand prix winner, died at his home in Massagno, near Lugano, Switzerland, on August 27. He was 94. Though a Swiss citizen, Ruesch was born in Naples on May 17...
John Gardiner, of Crosthwaite & Gardiner and Auto Union replication fame, died on September 1. He had been suffering from prostate cancer.  He was the classic car world’s best-respected...
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When a legend dies, it's always hard to find words adequate to mourn his passing, It is doubly so in the case of Colin McRae, killed in a helicopter accident near his home in Scotland. McRae was no...
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A veteran of the 1929 Indy 500 is one of those under the hammer Along with a packed race programme at the Goodwood Revival, more than 2.5 million pounds worth of cars changed hands at the Bonhams...
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Project additions Sir, As an elderly ‘anorak’ whose specialist subject is ‘Aston Martin Racing 1962 to 1964’, I would like to comment on Andrew Frankel’s feature about Project cars. The factory only...
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Murray Walker What a great grand prix season. I can’t recall a better one in all the years I have been watching and commentating. We have had four drivers capable of winning the title, and a...
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It may seem an odd way to start a column about road cars in a magazine called Motor Sport but I’ve spent a sizeable proportion of the last month driving a tractor, a form of transport hitherto...
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All things being equal, by this time next month I’ll have driven Ferrari’s new F430 Scuderia. Limited edition specials like the F40, F50 and Enzo aside, this is Ferrari’s most extreme production car...
Jaguar has finally shown us what its new XF saloon, the replacement for the well engineered but unloved S-type, will look like. ‘Bold’ barely does it justice. To me the back and sides look great but...
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The paragraphs highlighted in the FIA document above are at the core of Formula 1’s biggest scandal. McLaren has been fined 100 million dollars and stripped of its Constructor points, not for...
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of the contacts between Coughlan and Stepney inevitably had an impact on the WMSC's appreciation of the nature of the contacts between Coughlan and Stepney, on its appreciation of the emails between...
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With a turnover of £2.2bn in 2007 alone, Formula 1 is among the richest sports on the planet. Even more remarkably, it’s still growing By Christian Sylt & Caroline Reid Formula 1 has been at the...
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Arriving just before the mid-engined British upstarts took centre-stage, Ferrari’s Dino 246 was the last front-engined GP winner By Doug Nye It all began – and in essence it all ended – thanks to the...
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The fastest man on earth is a patriot, and drove Thrust SSC for the glory of his country and its engineering skills By Simon Taylor In the 1920s and 1930s, the World’s Land Speed Record was all about...
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In 1942 Sir Malcolm Campbell wrote about his record adventures for the magazine of his regiment, the Queen’s Own Royal West Kents. The manuscript surfaced recently; we present an extract of his...
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One was the next big thing, the other widely recognised as the greatest driver in the world. Sir Stirling relates why 50 years ago he willingly played understudy to his Argentinian mentor By Rob...
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As he turns his back on Formula 1 for the cut-and-thrust of NASCAR, Jacques Villeneuve reflects on life away from the track, and muses on why music nourishes his soul By Rob Widdows The more you talk...
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As stellar classics gathered on the eighteenth fairway of the Pebble Beach Golf Links course, nearby others were being sold for megabucks The sight of more than 200 primped and perfumed classics on...
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With an outstanding field of entrants spanning five decades and a thrilling selection of events, this year’s Tour Britannia reached a new high By John Davenport How’s this for a recipe ? Take four...
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Wrongly blamed and banned for the death of Ronnie Peterson, Riccardo Patrese explains how he regained his peers’ respect  By Rob Widdows The handsome middle-aged man playing with his train set was...
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Dario Franchitti has won the IndyCar title a decade after moving to America. Now he’s likely to make a switch to the USA’s biggest crowd-puller: NASCAR By Tim Tuttle Dario Franchitti was thinking...
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Before a huge crowd, Goodwood’s Revival racers delivered another superb weekend’s entertainment. With single-seaters from ERA to BRM P261 via Ferrari 246 Dino; stirring saloons From Alfa GTA to Ford...
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Everyone knows the rules of racing: fail to qualify and you’re out. Unless it’s Hockenheim in 1977 and your name is Hans Heyer… By Gary Watkins There’s a good chance that any self-respecting...
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A packed, if foggy, weekend of historic racing at the Nürburgring Oldtimer event – plus a Nordschleife master-class By Rob Widdows The early signs are not good. The sky has descended onto the...
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They stop to conquer Brabham ushered in the era of mid-race stops for fuel and tyres, but did the widespread adoption of this tactical feature sound the death knell for F1? Most enthusiasts seem...
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Its birth-of-a-marque status is widely recognised, but its history and character are less well known By Colin Goodwin / Photography by Dexter Flint In the 1980s and early ’90s there was a car...
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For king and country Memories from the Royal Aircraft Establishment, where WB spent the Second World War When war broke out in 1939, having failed to get Army enrolment because the young officer...

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